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March 2006

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Urban Mercantile

March 31, 2006

Have you visited Urban Mercantile lately? Located in the city of cable cars and Alcatraz, this San Francisco based store offers the rest of us e-commerce so we can shop online. Their website is a sublime haven for shoppers craving refined modern household goods. Sumptuous linens, ceramics and glass are just a few of their offerings. I like the the graphic pillow in muted tones of taupe and powder blue on muslin, silk screen printed by the hands of Kevin Harris. Did you see the Keokeo (Hawaiian term for muslin) glass vases and bowls? They are hand-crafted by Daniel Wooddell. The pomegranate ceramics created by Whitney Smith are another favorite. Artist Lina Felicia renders enticing graphics in brown and white on these hand silk screened toss pillows.

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What did you find at Urban Mercantile that appealed to you?

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Clio Home

March 31, 2006

Fresh finds from Clio Home. These bulleye vases from Brooklyn are super fantasic-o! Available in blue, pink and lime. $187. If you need a new set of vessels for your morning juice, a Ripple Glass in purple, pink, orange, green, yellow, blue or clear may quench your thirst for something beautiful. Made in Denmark, $36. Enjoy water on your bedside table, something I enjoyed while staying with friends in London. Pretty bedside carafes are ideal for sipping water during the night. Clio offers a pretty Hargreave Carafe with Glass from Denmark in lime, blue and pink. $220.

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Myperennial

March 31, 2006

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I was in contact with the lovely Jen at Myperennial yesterday and she sent me some photos of her perky felt blankets and pillows that just scream Spring. Aren’t they fresh and pretty? After reading her story online, I had to post about what she’s doing because I think it is inspirational to all that have product ideas and just need a little push. Here is the story of Myperennial, straight from Jen:

Myperennial began as a happy accident. A tired sweater needed a pick-me-up. Felt revived it. With a bold new garden perched upon my shoulder, I bounced around the streets of New York City to and from work as a public schoolteacher. I received compliments. I grinned. A woman asked to buy it. I blushed.

Soon after relaying this story to a stylish colleague, she staged an intervention. At dinner on the Upper West Side, she encouraged me to create scarves and hair accessories for our school?s winter fair. Kids notoriously know what?s good. They always choose the sparkly-est sticker or the gooey-est cupcake; so why not the softest scarf or the cutest hat?

By day I taught elementary school science. By night I cut, sewed, and created one-of-a-kind pieces to deck out a card table in our school cafeteria. I wore my sweater. By the time those Tribeca moms and kids were done with me, I was surprised to find I?d sold out of nearly everything.

After three years of steady successes, the line has grown perhaps as fast as the line of people plucking their preferred myperennial products.

-Jen

In addition to home accessories, Jen creates delightful scarves, hats, tanks and tees, hair accessories and brooches, along with some adorable goods for children, too.
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Pink Loves Brown

March 31, 2006

Pink Loves Brown
There’s nothing like good stationery. I discovered Pink Loves Brown and fell head over heels for their simple modern designs. My favorite is definitely the glasses card in orange – so Lisa Loeb – just love it. I just love glasses. In fact, when I was single and spotted stylish men wearing them, I’d go weak at the knees. Add an accent and height, and I was smitten. When I met my husband in his tortoise rim glasses, I had to marry him. He has glasses, an accent and height. Score! It’s just a thing I have, I don’t know. That’s the long story behind why the glasses card tickles my fancy. I digress…

Pink Loves Brown is Nicole Balch, the designer behind these whimsical cards, the girl that slaves for hours and hours to hand-create beautiful things just for us. That alone makes me love Pink Loves Brown even more. Nicole offers custom invitation and announcement service for weddings, showers, baby announcements and more. Stationery aside, she even runs a company called Smart + Lovely offering her web and graphic design services.

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Thorsten Van Elten

March 31, 2006

Thorsten Van Elten
If you love Russian matroska (nesting) dolls, these simple modern Maxim Velcovsky Thorsten Van EltenShake, shake, shake! Shake, shake, shake! Shake your booty! Or, you can sit your booty down for dinner and simply shake your booty salt + pepper shakers from Thorsten Van Elten. Made of bone china in the UK by Camila Prada, sold as a set of 2.

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